Suicide Prevention in Garages
Boston Strong news – Boston, MA: Suffolks County DA reports 1.21.2020.
BOSTON, January 20, 2020 — “The Boston Police Officers who responded Friday night in Brighton are heroes. I am thankful for them and for the person who called police. We need to care more about each other.
“Every suicide impacts far more people than just the individual that took their own life. Family members, loved ones, first responders, witnesses, and sometimes even strangers that learn of the incident and somehow connect with the person or the pain. Depression, emotional wounds, mental illness and trauma are all very real. As is the stigma and shame that can be associated with each. I want people struggling with any of these issues to know that there are resources available for them. They do not need to suffer in silence or in the shadows.
“Garages are unique structures. Unlike the majority of tall buildings and skyscrapers, where the public does not have access to the top floor, some garages allow parking and public access on their roof or top floors. Signage and obstructions are easy fixes. Many bridges throughout the Commonwealth have made such alterations and enhancements. A simple sign directing those in emotional pain to resources could save a life. I don’t think that is asking too much.”